Astellas USA Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: Astellas USA Foundation seeks to promote overall positive mental health and well-being and does not prioritize any single mental illness in its grantmaking.

IP TAKE: Astellas cultivates long-term partnerships with its grantees. This may make it a bit more difficult for grant seekers to get the foundation’s attention. However, this a pretty approachable funder, so organizations whose work aligns with Astellas’ grantmaking priorities should not hesitate to reach out.

PROFILE: Established in 2005 by the pharmaceutical company Astellas, the Astellas USA Foundation seeks “to support charitable organizations for scientific, literary and educational purposes.” It makes grants out of three main programs: Health and Well-Being, STEM Education, and Disaster Response. The foundation awards grants to projects and programs with a national scope; it also awards regional grants to organizations working in Northbrook and Skokie, Illinois; Santa Monica, California; Norman, Oklahoma; and Washington, D.C.

Mental health grants come out of its Health and Well-Being program; the foundation does not appear to prioritize any one particular mental illness. Rather, this funder tends to support programs that promote overall mental health and well-being. For example, the Boys Town National Hotline is an Astellas grantee. Boys Town phone lines are open 24 hours a day and are staffed with counselors for teenagers in crisis and having thoughts of self-harm.

To learn more about Astellas grantees, grant seekers can explore its Partners page.

Astellas does not award a large number of grants each year, usually around 20. Grant amounts vary widely, from a low of $2,500 to a high of $400,000. However, most tend to fall between $50,000 and $250,000.

Astellas accepts unsolicited grant applications from registered nonprofits in the United States and Canada. Grant seekers should note that it can be a lengthy process from application to funding, lasting anywhere from three to six months. Organizations may also submit multiple applications within the same year.

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